“To the woman picking up this book looking for truth to nourish her soul, strengthen her resolve, encourage her heart and, perhaps, lighten her step, I wrote this Bible study for you.”

Excerpt from Week 6 Day 3

“When you are in a crisis in your marriage, or in a relationship with another believer and everything is breaking loose, what is your goal? Is your goal to be understood? Is your goal to be vindicated? Or, is your goal the preservation and security of your relationship? When husbands and wives make the security of the relationship their goal, the children will be able to live in security and safety and ultimately glorify God. Your children know whether or not your spiritual walk is legitimate or a sham. If they see you are weak, but humble and willing to grow and change, they will see the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will see that Jesus saves sinners, of whom I am the worst. They will learn that through perseverance and submission to God, believers become more and more like Jesus. They will see your testimony, slowly and steadily, played out in front of them, declaring the glory of God. However, if they see you put on a show for other Christians at church, but behind closed doors there is no humility or confession of sin and growth, they will smell a rat and possibly think all Christians are hiding the dark secrets that go on behind the doors of their homes.

If your marriage is on the rocks, remember your children are on the boat that is being dashed against the rocks by the waves of the storm. Instead of the captain and the navigator fighting each other or each doing their own thing, they need to realize the grave situation and begin to work together. Don’t start thinking, ‘If I just jump ship and maybe look for another man, my life will straighten out.’ Adultery is the surest way to drown the power of your prayers. Remember, the precious cargo in the boat—the children—will greatly benefit from an end to the mutiny. How do you begin to put the relationship first and not only come to a truce, but also start to find the light from the lighthouse in the middle of the storm?

If your goal is the growth and security of the relationship, you will take several of the steps indicated by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:2. Below, I use biblehub.com to find some amazing details on this passage from HELPSTM Word-Studies. Gary Hill, translator of The Discovery Bible and HELPSTM Word-Studies, has done decades of work to develop software which aids in understanding the nuances of Greek and Hebrew that are hard to translate into English. Look at what we can find out on the Bible Hub website!


Be completely humble. What does the word “humble” mean in the Greek? According to HELPSTM Word-Studies (visit http:// biblehub.com/greek/5012.htm):


“Humility is an inside-out virtue produced by comparing ourselves to the Lord (rather than to others). This brings behavior into alignment with this inner revelation to keep one from being self-exalting (self-determining, self-inflated).For the believer, … tapeinophrosýnē (“humility”) means living in complete dependence on the Lord, i.e. with no relianceon self (the flesh).”


Usually, when we are angry with someone, it is because we are offended. We didn’t get what we wanted. Someone did something to us that caused an offense. They may or may not know it. We start getting puffed up and comparing our behavior to theirs, instead of to Jesus.

Even if you have been legitimately hurt, humility will bring you closer to resolving the relationship or issue.


Come to the conversation without assuming the worst about the other person.


Come to the conversation after praying for the relationship and for the other person.


Come to the conversation to resolve the conflict, not to prove the other person wrong.


Commit yourself to listen to understand. Don’t prepare your answer as the person is talking. Ask questions to help clarify what the other person is saying. Don’t jump to conclusions or make assumptions.
Make sure the other person knows you care about him or her and that love is your motivation. If it is not your motivation, go back and pray some more. Repent for not caring and having a hard and prideful heart.
Admit where you are wrong.

Be willing to apologize for hurting the other person—if that person is hurt—even if you think it is silly. (ie. Your personality may think that some issue the other person thinks is important is frivolous and vice versa. Be humble and allow that person the right to what he or she feels is important, as long as it is not sin.) Make sure the apology is sincere and not flippant. Apologize the way you would want to be apologized to.

Be gentle. The Greek word for gentle is not weakness. It is meekness, which expresses “power with reserve.” (visit http://biblehub.com/greek/4240.htm) The classical Greek word for meekness referred to a horse who had been tamed and bridled. This gives us a picture of power under the control of a master. Jesus is
our master! When you are in a tough situation, it’s easy to allow anger to seethe underneath the surface. It’s easy to laugh at the other person, to yell at them, or just ignore them. Are you gentle in your approach to your relationships? This does not mean pretending you aren’t hurt. This does not mean brushing your feelings under the rug. It means ask the Holy Spirit to give you gentleness. It has to come from him! Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and revelation on this. Let Jesus be the master of your emotions and reactions. Jesus’ transformation of our character is a refining process—the process of “meeking.”

Be patient. HELPS Word-studies found at biblehub.com says:
“… the word for patience in the Greek, “embraces steadfastness and staying-power. If in English we had an adjective ‘long-tempered’ as a counterpart to ‘short-tempered,’ then makrothymia could be called the quality of being ‘long- tempered’ . . . which is a quality of God …”

It’s easy to get impatient when dealing with something that annoys you. One of the things God has convicted me of over the years is that getting easily annoyed is not loving and not of God. Being easily annoyed is very self-centered and may be a signal that something else is going on under the surface.


Do not take today’s study as telling you to stuff your feelings and put on a smile. This is not about behavior modification. I am writing about praying for the Holy Spirit to transform your heart by his power and forgiveness, and with his indwelling.

PRAY INSTEAD OF FRET, THEN PRAY TOGETHER!
Instead of complaining about your husband or nagging him—let’s be honest, if complaining and nagging hasn’t helped yet, how can we keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results—try praying! You are seated with Christ in heavenly realms. Get busy! Begin praying for your spouse’s heart and for your own heart. Ask God to change you both. Ask Jesus to intervene. Do spiritual warfare for your spouse. How many fretful hours have you wasted just worrying and resenting, instead of praying and breaking through a problem? Probably too many to count for all of us.


Look back at the memory verse prayer. God intends us to experience the fullness of Christ through our unity in the Spirit with others. There is a fullness of God’s presence that we experience in unified prayer, when we begin to go before the Father with our spouse or other believers for the issues that are overwhelming us. When you begin to walk in the humility of Christ, you will experience more and more unity and oneness in your marriage. The results? Your prayers will be infused and emboldened with faith and confidence. If your spouse is willing, ask him to pray with you for the situation you are facing, either in your marriage or in one of your children. Warning—don’t criticize his praying. Just be thankful for the time together and be sure that you pray, too. He will grow in his ability to pray, the more you pray together. If you criticize his prayers, he will probably never want to do that together again! Would you?

"This book is a must-have for women of all ages interested in going deeper in their study of the Bible. As a senior citizen woman and a seasoned Bible student/teacher, I was amazed at the fresh insights and understanding the Lord revealed as I read through this book. I was especially touched by the Greek word studies and the section on how understanding the life of Queen Esther deepens our understanding and application of being warrior princesses. The memory verses and abundant examples of praying through various scriptures in Ephesians will encourage and transform many. Each day's study ends with practical suggestions for applying that lesson to women's daily lives. I'm grateful for the opportunity to read this book and look forward to using it in the next Bible study I lead at our church."   -DuAnne Thrush, women's ministry council leader, women's Bible study teacher, and worship team member, Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church, State Line, PA 

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How Being a Slave Gave Me Value. A politically incorrect blog.

“The translation of doulos by ‘servant’ rather than ‘slave’ [led] to the total effacement of its ancient significance (1965: 319). This ennobling title means the believer belongs to the Lord, who constantly “gives Himself away” in infinite love, through faith. Indeed, the doulos (slave) of Christ is His very Bride (cf. Rev 19:7-9). Accordingly, the faithful believer seeks to do all things in intimate partnership with Christ, as He births faith in the heart (cf. Ro 10:6-8,17; Heb 11:6). This is possible because the believer is joined to Christ as a genuine member of His very body (Jn 14:20; 1 Cor 12:13).

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 20 A Psalm of Assurance and Rescue

Before we begin to pray this encouraging Psalm, let’s take a few minutes to look at some heart-swelling truths to focus our minds on Christ during trouble. In verse 1 in the NKJV, David pens, “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;” If you read this passage and see the phrase “day of trouble,” you may think that it is referring to one great big, terrible day, like a natural disaster. But, in the original language, this word day can mean a time period, which could even be a year, or a long period of time. You may be walking through a difficult trial without end in sight. During this wilderness, the promises in Psalm 20 about the character of God and his heart towards his people apply to you through your entire difficult journey.

The NASB does a vivid job translating verse one in this way, “May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high.” The Hebrew literally means that the believer is, “elevated so unassailably safe, beyond the reach of attackers; (figuratively) to enjoy maximum safety and security because inaccessible, i.e. removed from danger when the approach is (literally) too steep o climb; unassailable stronghold, lofty refuge.” (Discovery Bible Software.)

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Daily podcasts available to you here!

Week 1 Learning to Pray and About Your Place in God’s Family.

Learning to Pray the Scripture
Week 1 Day 1
Week 1 Day 2
Week 1 Day 3
Week 1 Day 4
Week 1 Day 5

Week 2 – Sealed with the Holy Spirit

Week 2 Day 1
Week 2 Day 2
Week 2 Day 3

Week 2 Day 4
Week 2 Day 5

Week 3- Seated in Heavenly Realms

Week 3 Day 1 Get psyched up! Today Briana starts digging into the incredible hope we have in Christ, including our position in Christ, where we are seated with him in heavenly realms. What does this mean for our every day lives? How does this play out? Join us this week. This is better than finding $20 in an old coat pocket! 
Week 3 Day 2 Today Briana discusses two contrasting kingdoms: the kingdom of this world, which is ruled by the ruler of the kingdom of the air and the kingdom of God, which is ruled by our Creator God. What does Ephesians say about the devil’s power? How can we live in the power of our authority in Christ? Briana challenges women to live practically in this world, exalting the Lord, instead of living for things that perish. How do we model this for our children? 
Week 3 Day 3 What a mind-blowing episode! Today, Briana breaks down all the passages in Ephesians that talks about the significance of the heavenly realms, our position in it, and our purpose in it in Christ. This episode covers the whole spectrum, from the power of the blessing to what happened in heaven when the devil rebelled to our battle against evil in the heavenly realms. Get ready for some powerful scripture!
Week 3 Day 4 Give me eyes of faith to see, Lord! God has raised us up with Christ and seated us in heavenly realms far above every other authority. How does this look when we get sick, or when we are under seeming oppression? Find out, with stunning testimonies. 
Week 3 Day 5 Take a look at Acts 19, where Paul works extraordinary miracles, demons are cast out of people and the Ephesians have a bon-fire with all of their occult books! Crazy stuff here. What can we learn about our walk with the Lord and knowing God from Paul’s time in Ephesus? What can we be cautious about, with the ever encroaching new age, eastern religious practices that are entwined in our culture? Find out today! 

Week 4 – Culture in Crisis/Reconciliation

Week 4 Day 1 Listen today to find out about the spiritual battle that goes on in the heavenly realms over cultures and nations.
Week 4 Day 2 of Revealed in Ephesians: The Mystery of Who I Am in Christ. Listen today to dig into the foundations of reconciliation.What does the death and resurrection of Christ teach us about reconciliation of people? 
Week 4 Day 3 of Revealed in Ephesians: The Mystery of Who I Am in Christ. Continue in the study this week, as we learn the practical ways Jesus tears down the walls in our lives in our relationships.
Week 4 Day 4 of Revealed in Ephesians: The Mystery of Who I Am in Christ. Go deeper in learning about reconciliation today.
Week 4 Day 5 of Revealed in Ephesians: The Mystery of Who I Am in Christ.

Week 5 Reconciliation

Week 5 Day 1 of Revealed in Ephesians: Today we get our hands on a brand new prayer by the Apostle Paul! This is such a deep and empowering prayer! Your life will be changed and your prayer life will be strengthened and renewed, when you being to add these prayer truths to your prayer life!
Week 5 Day 2 of Revealed in Ephesians: Today we learn how biblical prophecy is fulfilled through Christ and is still being fulfilled today. Learn how to know the mysteries of God, without being deceived by false mystery religions. Hear how New Age and Eastern Thought talk about mystery differently than the truth we find in Ephesians, as God reveals his true mysteries to us!
Week 5 Day 3 of Revealed in Ephesians: Today, we dig into the truths about Spiritual Fathers and Mothers. Who is responsible for your spiritual eyes opening? Who has God used to bring you into his kingdom? What does spiritual leadership look like? How is it different than what the world teaches us? All of us end up leading in some areas of our lives, even if it’s leading our children. Learn more about what God wants to do in your life to prepare you for the leadership he has for you!
Week 5 Day 4 of Revealed in Ephesians: Today, Briana talks about the mystery that God reveals himself in nature and uses natural metaphors to show us mysterious spiritual truths. What does God mean that we are living stones built into the temple of God? How is the teaching that God reveals himself in nature different than the new age or Buddhist teaching that God is in everything in nature? How can we trust the Bible?
Week 5 Day 5 of Revealed in Ephesians: How do we know the intentions of God’s heart? How in scripture can we see the Lord’s purposes for us? Let’s call this the heart to heart episode! God’s heart to our hearts!

Week 6- Confidence in Prayer and Our Place in the Body of Christ.

Week 6 Day 1 of Revealed in Ephesians: How can you have confidence in prayer? If I am a sinner who needs Jesus, how can I have confidence when I go before the Father in prayer? Listen to Briana share a very personal testimony about how through confidence and unity in prayer God provided her family a home in a special way.
Week 6 Day 2 In today’s study, Briana digs deeper into confidence in prayer. Learn more about how great our Father is and how willing he is to provide for our needs according to his riches and glory. He can do more than you can ask or imagine. Learn about how to overcome rejection by a Father and to begin to trust that God, our good Father wants to give you free access to his grace, mercy and power.
Week 6 Day 3 In today’s study, Briana teaches on the power of God in the body of Christ. How do we live in the fullness of God’s power? How does God work to divide his gifts up in the body of Christ? How do we experience more of God by working with each other in love? How does this apply in marriage? How can we be rooted and established in love together? How can our individual weaknesses in marriage reveal the glory and grace of God?
In Week 6 Day 4 Briana discusses how spiritual discernment in relationships works. Learn how fear and assumptions can cloud your spiritual discernment. When Ephesians says we are to be humble and gentle, what does that look like, if you are a strong personality? What does gentleness and meekness really mean? 
Week 6 Day 5 Join Briana today to learn the difference between false and true unity. We live in a world full of division and distress. The Body of Christ is intended by the Lord to be united. Are there any issues that we should ever allow to divide us? You may be surprised by the answer that scripture gives us. 
Jesus said in Matthew that there would be a great falling away that happens before the coming of Christ. Find out about how the current apostasy is drawing a supernatural line in the sand that God does not want us to cross. How do we take a stand for the truth, but still stand on the side of love? Find out!

Week 7 – Walking in Truth and Avoiding Deception- How the Body of Christ is designed to keep God’s people from being deceived.

Week 7 Day 1 Today, Briana covers how we can trust our Bible translations. Has the Bible been watered down over the centuries? Are there new things in the Bible that were added over the years by people like Kings and Queens of Europe to control people? What are the differences between NIV, NKJV, NASB and other versions? Also, look into what heresies are being introduced today into many churches. How do the five fold ministries in the church protect the people from these heresies? Take care to examine whether or not your church teaches a heretical approach to the grace of God.
Week 7 Day 2 Is prophecy still a legitimate gift? In today’s episode, Briana unpacks questions that many people have about the offices of the church, one of which is prophet. How can you tell a false prophet from a true prophet? Should I be scared of prophecy? How do I guard myself against people and ministries that are misleading and false? Does God want me to receive the gift of prophecy? How would that look? 
Also, Briana covers the office of evangelist. Is leading people to Jesus a spiritual gift? Should everyone be doing it, if there is a specific office of evangelist? Listen in to find out! 
Week 7 Day 3 Dig in further to learn that the Body of Christ is not a business. It is organic and functions with everyone doing his or her part. Pastors and paid staff are not the only ones God expects to work in the kingdom. A healthy functioning body ministers as each part does what God calls it to do. Briana shares another miracle story where someone followed the Lord’s leading and intervened to save her family from a financially difficult time.
Week 7 Day 4 Find your place in the Body of Christ. Find belonging. You matter! God has a specific call on your life. Discover how Christ leads us out of captivity into belonging and calling. Jesus gifts all of those he sets free. There is no one who is without a purpose. Do you know what God’s purpose for you is? 
The Greek in this passage teaches that we each bring something to the party that makes it a LAVISH event. The Body of Christ is full of so much potential. God uses each of us to strengthen each other and to make everything we do together in Christ a LAVISH event. What are you bringing to the party?
Week 7 Day 5 Cleaning out the closet of your heart. Imagine your old wardrobe from 10 years ago, even your favorite jeans or shoes wear out, get too small or need an upgrade! In the same way, we need to make sure we are clothing ourselves with God’s newest fashions for our spirits. Clothe yourself in righteousness. Put off your old self and put on your new self in true righteousness and holiness. Because we are created in God in true righteousness and holiness, we need to put on his ways. Briana gives examples of what this looks like in our relationships. What does it look like to put off anger through prayer? What does it look like to walk in the power of the newness of the Holy Spirit? Let’s check out Ephesians to find out! 

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VIDEO TEACHINGS

Bible Study Leaders! Enjoy using these free videos as a teaching resource for your groups. If you are on your own studying through Ephesians, please be encouraged by these weekly videos!

Introduction to study

Kick off your study of Ephesians by learning the great power you have in prayer! In this study, Briana uncovers how Paul prays for the Ephesians and how it can impact your personal prayer life! God wants to open your spiritual eyes and speak to you. Find out how!

Week 1 Study – Hope for Eve

In week 1, Briana talks about the Apostle Paul and his transformation from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight, when Jesus opened his spiritual eyes. What did Paul see spiritually, when he was blinded physically for 3 days, as he waited on Ananias to come to lay hands on him? Did he see the first prophecy of promised redemption? Also, find out about the hope we have, as daughters of Eve, redeemed and adopted into God’s family!

Week 2 Study – Sealed and Filled with the Holy Spirit

Most believers spend much of their lives not understanding how God has sealed them with his Holy Spirit. Do you know what the difference is between being sealed and being filled with the Spirit? How can we be filled to overflowing everyday? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. If you have a permanent house guest, learn how to enjoy your relationship with him!

Week 3 Study – Seated in the Heavenly Realms

Pie in the sky? Does understanding the fact that we are seated with Christ in Heavenly Realms mean that we are too earthly minded for heavenly good? Is there a way to tap into the power of God and understand our position in Christ so that our lives are changed? Is Jesus just an ascended master? How does the devil get authority in a believer’s life if he or she is seated in heavenly realms with Jesus? Listen to find out from scripture.

Week 4 Study – Reconciliation

Learn how to begin the relationship reconciliation process through forgiveness in Christ. Part 1 focuses on the power of God to bring people groups together. Part 2 focuses on individual relationships.

Week 5 Study – Strength for your Inner “Man”


Learn how Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3 is a powerful way to gain strength, not only for yourself, but when praying for others. Gain spiritual strength and faith on a daily basis by seeking the Lord with this scriptural prayer. Revealed in Ephesians Week 5 – Strength for Your Inner Man (or woman!)

Week 6 – Can I Trust the Bible and Healing for Relationships

Has the Bible been changed over the years? How can I trust it? If I trust the scriptures, I can have confidence in prayer for healing for relationships. In today’s teaching, Briana covers questions that people have about the historical trustworthiness of scripture. Has it been changed over the years in translation? Also, today, learn to have confidence that God will hear your prayers. Pray with freedom!

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Sessions of Briana’s speaking at conferences.

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Revealed Ministries Cruise!

Welcome to the Revealed Conference registration!

Sail away and enjoy time with your sisters, your spouse, your family, and your Lord. Join Briana Nei of Revealed Ministries and her husband Caleb for a 7-day cruise conference on the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore, June 28-July 5, 2020. During the three days at sea between ports, be challenged & encouraged in your spiritual walk through Briana’s teaching and prayer ministry and Caleb’s musical worship ministry. If you bring your family, your children will love participating in special activities led by Carnival’s trained staff while you soak in the conference. Reap the benefits of a Revealed Ministries Conference Retreat plus a memorable vacation all for one price during one week—all meals, lodging, children’s activities, conference sessions, and port days included in one price. Ports of call include the Grand Turks; Freeport, Bahamas; and Carnival’s own island, Half Moon Cay. Cost also covers a conference T-shirt for each adult and other “goodies.” A block of rooms—balcony, ocean view, and inside—has been reserved. Space is limited. Reserve your room or rooms soon to ensure you have the space you need. Both on a limited basis, rooms hold up to four people and connecting rooms for larger families are also available. 

Contact April Lane for pricing and availability on rooms for 3 or 4 people. Pricing for 3rd and 4th guests is less than 1st and 2nd guests.

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Spiritual Warfare Part 1 Seated in the Heavenly Realms from Revealed Women’s Conference- Discovering Who I Am in Christ!
Spiritual Warfare Part 2 Practical Spiritual Warfare for Everyday Life. How to pray and get victory in relationship distress and how to pass these skills on to others and your children. Revealed Women’s Conference- Discovering Who I Am in Christ

“What a great time the Lord gave us through Briana Nei as our ladies’ conference speaker on Nov. 3, 2018! As a mother of three, Briana engaged well with women at our conference, a very relatable speaker for all our women–the young moms, single women, grandmothers, widows, and single moms. Women who’ve attended most of our conferences over the past 8 years were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about this speaker being the best we’ve ever had. Briana presented three sessions, taken from Ephesians, followed by small group sharing around questions she’d prepared so that women were interacting with her teaching throughout the day. At the end of the day, she led in a time of prayer response when a number of the ladies came up for specific, personal prayer by Briana and her team and experienced God’s fresh work in their lives. Our ladies were definitely taught, encouraged, and challenged in their understanding of their identity in Christ. We look forward to using her book on Ephesians in our ladies Bible studies in the future and would definitely invite her to speak at our conference again.”
DuAnne Thrush, Women’s Ministry Council, Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church, State Line, PA